Rebuilding a PC Part II

Just so you know, I got this PC off the ground and running (and has been for a couple weeks).

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz
  • ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Motherboard (Intel 975X)
  • 6GB DDR2 Memory
  • 3 hard drives (320GB, 500GB, 300GB = 1TB+)
  • ATI All-in-Wonder HD / SB Audigy 2 ZS
  • DVD Burners
  • Windows 7 / Ubuntu 9.10
  • etc, etc, etc

Will allow me to do the following things with ease

  • WinMo/Android development
  • Record this Vocal Kid mixtape
  • Record Muneee Mondays podcast
  • Blog/Twitter/Facebook
  • Watch Hulu on my Playstation 3 (via PlayOnTv)
  • Listen to music or watch videos anywhere in my house…ie. a home media server
  • Run a couple virtual machines that serve me no purpose…lol
  • Turn my laptop into a purely DJ/web-browsing device
  • Video Skype with my fiancee while she is in the United Kingdom
  • Photoshop

It’s pretty cool that I can do a couple of these things at the same time without anything slowing down at all.  What do I do with it next?

Rebuilding a PC Part 1

My dad gave me his custom built PC.  I took it apart before I got a handle on the hardware it contained.  From what I could tell though.

  • ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Motherboard
  • Intel Pentium D processor
  • 2.5GB DDR2 memory
  • 2 hard drives and 2 dvd drives/burner
  • ATI All-in-Wonder HD video card/TV tuner
  • Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS sound card
  • Thermaltake 550W Powersupply
  • Very loud case fans
  • 20pounds of dust (lol)

Over the next couple weeks I will be:

  • dumping the Pentium D in favor of a Core 2 Quad processor
  • going from 2.5GB DDR2 memory to 6GB
  • adding another hard drive to replace the aging IDE drive
  • adding a Samsung LCD monitor
  • buying quieter cooling fans
  • installing Windows 7 and some version of Linux
  • removing 20 pounds of dust

Hopefully I’ll get some pictures up.  I’ll commission this machine to do all my audio recording/editing, software development, source code repository, and music/movie/file server.  I have had this Gateway laptop for 2.5 years and it has done everything I have ever done with a PC during that time (recording mixtapes, Speeed Reader development, internet browsing) and its starting to fade into its golden years.  This new PC should make life easier.